Category Archives: sports

“… And it’s pandemonium”


Photo Credit: Minnesota Vikings

There were four lead changes in the final 3 minutes, but Case Keenum hit Stefon Diggs for a 61 yard TD pass as time expired, for the final change.

That was emotionally draining, but a ton of fun. Thanks Diggs.

#BringItHome


Mirror Bellows

The World Juniors Hockey Tournament is currently taking place in Buffalo, NY. Kieffer Bellows scored a power play goal 2:18 into the game. Besides the fact that the goal gave Team USA a 1-0 lead, Bellows has a perfectly timed celebration on the ice.

You will have to watch the video, but it’s one thing I do love about hockey: Old jerseys never retire, they just reappear at the best times. The moment in question starts at about the 22 second mark, but the goal is worth watching too.

Bellows would score his second goal of the night in the third period, as Team USA would down Russia 4-2.

USA will next play Sweden in the semi-finals on Thursday. Canada will play the Czech Republic in the other semi.


Golden Gopher Hockey


Mariucci, with the Extra M’s cut off

As I spend some time in the Twin Cities, I decided to drive onto the University of Minnesota campus Friday to take in some Gopher hockey. It’s starting to look like hockey weather down here with some snow in the air. The Golden Knights of Clarkson were taking on the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.

It was a very even game for two periods; both Clarkson & Minnesota are good skating clubs. The game was scoreless after one period, and Minnesota led 1-0 after two, on a Scott Reedy goal.

Minnesota seemed to gain an edge in the third period, with extended play in the Clarkson zone. Minnesota would score two more in the final period on goals by Rem Pitlick and Brent Gates Jr. Clarkson broke the shutout with a goal at the 18:42 mark.

Minnesota had a 3-1 non-conference win.
Stars of the game:
#3 Reedy for the first goal.
#2 Casey Mittelstadt with two assists
#1 Rem Pitlick for a goal and a constant presence on the ice.

Eric Schierhorn had 26 saves for Minnesota, and Jake Kielly had 25 for Clarkson.

The same two teams meet again for round two Saturday night.


30th La Carrera Panamericana

The 30th run of La Carrera Panamericana starts on Friday the 13th. It’s a 7-day, 3000 km, high speed, stage rally in vintage cars. The race runs between Queretero and Durango, over some challenging backroads.

There are some interesting cars running the race as usual: Several Porsches, quite a few Studebakers, Mustangs, a couple of Beetles and at least one Chevy Bel Air, to name a few.



57th Knoxville Nationals


Donny Schatz in victory lane. Photo credit: Paul Arch/Oskaloosa News

Donny Schatz won his 10th Knoxville Nationals title on Saturday. That makes ten victories in the past twelve years, and the eighth driving Tony Stewart Racing #15.

Kyle Larson, who made a strong move at the end, came up short in the third turn on the final lap, to take second.


Kyle Larson


Selke Field

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

I went to a youth soccer game in St Cloud, and was surprised to find the field behind a 20″ granite wall. The entrances were all gated with wrought iron, leaving the field looking like it was inside the grounds of an old prison.

In addition to the youth soccer fields, Selke Field is also home to the SCSU Husky softball team.

The land was donated to St Cloud State University in 1931, and it became home to the university’s football team. Construction was started on the 35,000 foot wall around the 17 acres in 1934, as a WPA program during the Great Depression. The pink granite is called “reformatory pink”, because it was quarried from inside the St Cloud prison. Five masons spent three years building the granite wall, block by block.

At its height, Selke Field held the football stadium, a baseball diamond, four softball fields, a dozen tennis courts, a cinder track, practice golf tee, an archery range and badminton.

After World War II, with the success of the GI Bill, housing was needed for the veterans attending SCSU. As many as 25 barracks were built at one end of the field to meet that need.